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Emptying the Honey Pot: Our Educational Mission

With honey in our hearts, the words of the Ṛṣis upon our tongues, a reverence for the elements and the life in all things resplendent in our actions, and a prayer- that we might do something good in this world before our end, something that at least loosens up some of all this suffering- tucked safely into the pouch of prayers that guides our lives, we practice. We study. We burn the midnight oil. And we ever strive to practice with greater and greater integrity. With greater and greater efficacy. To bring in real results. To serve. 

This is the life of a Practitioner. In reality, it is the life of a devotee, for we worship and seek ever to unfold the divine through the obscurations of illness that cloud, confuse and obstruct its pulse in each and every one of our patients. 

We find this work to be the greatest privilege- and also a very great debt. For the tools and inspiration of Ayurveda, the Honey sitting sweet in our hearts- these are not our own but gifts of the Rṣis- gifts that must be repaid by service to the suffering and seeing that we take nothing with us but leave all we have learned and received to the next generation, in ever continuous service. 

Through the Arogya Kulam, we neither promulgate ourselves as teachers nor profess to be able to offer comprehensive instruction. We are clinicians and practitioners, immersed in practice, taking each step as we can. Fervent in practice, grateful for the means that have been placed in our hands, we welcome the sincere and self-motivated to abide at our side, to glean what they can, and if their hands be open, to receive all that we hold in ours, to collect what limited honey is here, to take the next step with us, and when our feet should fail- to continue ever onwards.   

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Ongoing Courses

Caraka Vacana

This ongoing course explores the most seminal surviving work of Ayurveda- the Caraka Saṃhita as well as the renowned commentary of Śrī Cakrapāṇi Datta, the Ayurveda Dīpikā. Beginning from the first word,

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The Root of All Practice- Padārtha Vijñāna Pt 1

This course surveys the 16 Darśanas (Ancient Philosophies) which create the foundation of Ayurveda, kindle the flame of Yukti (clinical reasoning and differentiation) and empower the perception of a Vedic Cosmos.

Saṃskṛt Grammar: Unlocking the Vedas Part 1

Empowering direct comprehension of Vedic and Ayurvedic literature through the authentic knowledge of Saṃskṛt.This ongoing course cultivates the practical utilization of Samskrt, aiming to bestow fluency in reading

Śarīra: The Body of Yoga and Āyurveda Part 1

Cultivating a Pañcabhautik Perspective on the Nature of Life and the Body Who am I? What is a body? What is matter? Fundamentally a survey of Anatomy and Physiology,

Internship Opportunities

To empty the honey pot, it is our mission in the Arogya Kulam to cultivate excellence and precision in the practice of Śuddha Āyurveda, to empower career-bound Ayurvedic Practitioners to realize Ayurvedic Clinical Practice as a sole profession and above all else,  to make competent Practitioners available as instruments of health and service for those that are suffering.  

To this end, we strive to practice with erudition and transparency, to make our clinic a teaching clinic open to observation, instruction and inquiry, and to offer a graduated process for advanced students to realize comprehensive clinical competency and transition into Professional Practice as Senior Practitioners of The Arogya Center. 

Internships at The Arogya Center are informal, unbound and enlivened by the realities and demands of clinical practice. This Internship is a prayer inspired by the timeless Gurukula system through which Ayurveda has ever been transmitted. Nothing is guaranteed- except that you will work hard. Anything is possible- limited only by the fire of your inquiry and dedication, and of course the medical laws of the land. 

The General Flow of Internship Observe Senior Practitioners in Clinical Practice (as per Patient’s individual approval) Fill prescriptions Create the Kalpanas utilized in practice season to season Learn and perform prescribed Cikitsā in the form of both Śamana and Śodhana Karmas Perform Patient Intakes and Follow-Ups Discuss Protocols and Case Developments with Senior Practitioners Pursue ongoing research and projects under the guidance of Senior Practitioners Participate in spontaneous lectures and Q&A’s with Senior Practitioners Educate the Public

Evolution in Practice As Interns grown and mature in their capacity, as per the discretion and unanimous agreement of Senior Practitioners, Interns may progress through several ladder stages of practice. 

Stage One: Sprouts Observe Senior Practitioners and Interns, conduct New Patient Intakes and participate in hands-on Karma Cikitsā

Stage Two: Tendrils Conduct Initial and Follow Up Consultations Independently 

Devise Diet, Lifestyle, Herbal and Śamana Karma Cikitsā with Supervision over all Recommendations

Stage Three: Shoots Conduct Initial and Follow Up Consultations and devise Diet, Lifestyle and Śamana Karma Cikitsā Independently Devise Herbal Formulation and Śodhana Karma Cikitsā under Supervision

Stage Four: Flowering Maintain a paid, professional clinical practice through The Arogya Center

Stage Five: Fruit Operate as a Senior, Śodhan-capable Practitioner in The Arogya Center, supervising General Practitioners and Interns and fulfilling vital roles in the The Arogya Clinic and Kulam

As aforementioned- evolution through these stages of practice is entirely incumbent upon the skills and development of the Intern and the unanimous discretion of Senior Practitioners. This journey may vary greatly on a person by person basis. Nothing is guaranteed. Especially with regards to gainful employment through The Arogya Center upon Flowering and Fruiting, such opportunities will be influenced not only by clinical capacity but also by relationship to The Arogya Center Team and Core Principles.  

Logistics Internships begin every Monday that The Arogya Center is open and staffed with a Senior Practitioner and run through Saturday. As per necessity, there may be karmas or procedures on Sundays as well but this is subject to the flow of the Clinic’s demand. 

Hours AM Sessions: 10am to 1pm PM Sessions: 2pm to 5/6pm

Regular consulting hours listed above may not include times of karmas and procedures.

Prior-Training This Internship is for advanced students of Ayurveda who are resolved in their ambition to enter Professional Clinical Practice.  All applicants must have completed a minimum of 1500 hours of Ayurvedic Studies through a registered Institution or Privately and be able to pass an Oral Examination covering foundational material of Ayurveda.  All participants of The Arogya Kulam’s Śodhana Vyākāraṇa Modules are exempt from Oral Examination and welcome to the Internship program pending Personal Approval.  

Personal Approval Beyond knowledge, this Internship requires respectful and compatible relationship with the existing team of The Arogya Center and Kulam and alignment with the Core Principles of The Arogya Center (link). Thus all interested in pursuing the Arogya Kulam Internship require an Interview and Personal Approval from the acting Senior Practitioners they will be interning under. 

$108 per week

Benefits for Interns Basic 10% Discount on all Arogya Center Products and Treatments For those fulfilling a minimum of three consecutive Internships Free Consulting with Senior Practitioners Subject to Schedule Availability Non-inclusive of recommended formulas, products and treatments 10% Discount on Arogya Kulam Courses and Intensives Excludes Śodhana Vyākāraṇa Modules and Intensives of visiting Instructors

With Vaidyas Shreerang And Varsha Galgali

Śodhana Vyākāraṇa: Pañca Karma Clinical Modules

The Arogya Center is privileged to be in collaboration with our mother institution, Arogyasarathi Cikitsalaya, to the end of offering advanced clinical and textual training in the practical application and utilization of Śodhana within the contexts of Śuddha (pure) Ayurveda. 

Our Vyākāraṇa modules are presented over a course of 12-18 months in evolutionary cycles of five modules, each drawing from and elaborating upon the preceding materials. 

These trainings are explicitly oriented to advanced students of Ayurveda and established Practitioners who seek to realize comprehensive careers in the clinical practice of Śuddha Ayurveda.  

Course Description: 

Prerequisites: Course Completed

Dates/Schedule/Locatio : Santa Fe, New Mexico

Fees:  This course has completed. Audio recordings are available as per the discretion of The Arogya Center Staff for those who are joining the Vyākāraṇa Modules but have missed previous sessions for $500.00. Please contact us with any inquiries.

Course Description: 

Prerequisites: Course Completed

Dates/Schedule/Locatio: Pune, India

Fees:  This course has completed. Audio recordings are available as per the discretion of The Arogya Center Staff for those who are joining the Vyākāraṇa Modules but have missed previous sessions for $750.00. Please contact us with any inquiries.

Course Description:

Prerequisites: Live Participation in Virecana and Vamana Vyākāraṇas or Audio Participation + successful Oral Examination for any of the Vyākāraṇa Modules you may have missed Enrollment in Saṃskṛt Grammar: Unlocking the Vedas Prior Completion of Snehan and Svedan Therapies through The Arogya Center Staff Participation in ‘Case Taking Practicum Module’ May 15,2018 or Enrollment in 3 or more weeks of the Arogya Kulam internship prior to the start of the module.

Dates/Location: May 16-30 The Arogya Center, 2500 Central Ave SW, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87104

Fees: $2,250.00 if paid by April 18, 2018, $2,500.00 paid after April 18, 2018 or if paid in installments Fees are inclusive of 14 days of Instruction 14 days of Clinical and Karma Internship in The Arogya Center Case Taking Practicum Module Vamana Review Session with an Arogya Center Senior Practitioner

* Above prices are non-inclusive of tax. Including taxes, totals come to $2,418.75 and $2,687.50 respectively.  

Course Description: 

Prerequisites: Live Participation in Virecana, Vamana and Basti (Part 1) Vyākāraṇas or Audio Participation + successful Oral Examination for any of the Vyākāraṇa Modules you may have missed. Enrollment in Saṃskṛt Grammar: Unlocking the Vedas

Dates/Location: August 13-31, 2018 Arogyasarathi Cikitsalaya, Kothrud, Pune, India

Fees: $2,000.00 if paid before July 1, 2018, $2,250.00 paid after July 1,2018 or if paid in installments

Fees are inclusive of: 14 days of Accommodations, 14 days of Lunch and Dinner, 14 days of Instruction, 14 day of Clinical and Karma Internship in Arogyasarathi Basti Part 1 Review Session with an Arogya Center Senior Practitioner prior to the beginning of the course

Fees are non-inclusive of: Airfare or any other travel expenses Food outside of Lunch and Dinner. Accommodation prior to or after the course dates. Incidental expenses

* Above prices are non-inclusive of tax. Including taxes totals come to $2,150.00 and $2,418.75 respectively. 

Course Description:

Prerequisites: Live Participation in Virecana, Vamana and Basti (Parts 1 & 2) Vyākāraṇas or Audio Participation + successful Oral Examination for any of the Vyākāraṇa Modules you may have missed. Enrollment in Saṃskṛt Grammar: Unlocking the Vedas

Dates/Location: Dates TBA (projections in January/February of 2019), Arogyasarathi Cikitsalaya, Kothrud, Pune, India

Fees: $2,000.00 if paid by December 1, 2018, $2,250.00 paid after December 1, 2018 or if paid in installments

Fees are inclusive of: 14 days of Accommodations, 14 days of Lunch and Dinner, 14 days of Instruction, 14 day of Clinical and Karma Internship in Arogyasarathi. Basti Part 2 Review Session with an Arogya Center Senior Practitioner prior to the beginning of the course

Fees are non-inclusive of: Airfare or any other travel expenses, Food outside of Lunch and Dinner, Accommodation prior to or after the course dates, Incidental expenses

*Above prices are non-inclusive of tax. Including taxes totals come to $2,150.00 and $2,418.75 respectively.

Resources For Students

Caraka Vacana

This ongoing course explores the most seminal surviving work of Ayurveda- the Caraka Saṃhita as well as the renowned commentary of Śrī Cakrapāṇi Datta, the Ayurveda Dīpikā. Beginning from the first word, this journey will continue until we reach the last, translating point by point from the original Saṃskṛt, ever with our attention on the practical application of this knowledge within contemporary clinical contexts. 

Participants will be able to rely on the Caraka Saṃhita in their daily Ayurvedic practice for diagnosis, treatment, selection and substitution of relevant herbs etc.

We are currently translating Caraka’s Sūtrasthāna. Please contact us to find out which Chapter we’re currently working with.

Instructor: Kashyapa Fisher

Prerequisites: None. Open to all.

Dates/Schedule: Recordings of Past Classes Available for purchase. Live Explorations of Caraka will resume in 2019.

Location: The Arogya Center-2500 Central Ave SW- Albuquerque, New Mexico 87104 and Online via ZOOM

NAMA PACE Approved: Yes

Fees: 1 Session $31.50, 5 Sessions $157.50, 10 Sessions $315.00

* Audio Recordings of each session (past on and ongoing) are also available. Live in-person attendance of this course is free to all. The above prices are for online attendance, audio recordings and for those who wish to receive NAMA PACE credits.  No prior knowledge of Saṃskṛt is required to understand and thrive in this course. Please include pic(s) of ancient Sanskrit texts/palm leaves This course is open to drop ins and ever ongoing- no need to have been with us from the start! Please inquire if you would like to purchase past recordings. 

The Root of All Practice- Padārtha Vijñāna Pt 1

This course surveys the 16 Darśanas (Ancient Philosophies) which create the foundation of Ayurveda, kindle the flame of Yukti (clinical reasoning and differentiation) and empower the perception of a Vedic Cosmos.  

Understanding the philosophical history of Ayurveda and the evolution of the major concepts that inform it will enable participants to forge a cogent and utilitarian comprehension of Ayurveda’s most practical clinical applications rooted in the traditions of the Ṛṣis. 

This Course will be modeled after the Sarva Darśana Saṃgraha of Śrī Madhavācarya and delivered in 4 Parts over the course of one year. All lectures will draw from the ancient source texts of the relevant Darśanas.  

Part 1:  Fundamental Concepts- Introduction to Nāstika and Āstika foundations and the 16 Darśanas Prameya and Pramāna, Mahābhutas, Samānya and Viśeṣa Carvaka Darśana

Part 2: Within and Beyond the Vedas- Bauddha, Jaina, Ramanuja, Pūrṇa Prajña, Nakuliśa, Śaiva, Pratyabhijña and Raseśvara Darśanas

Part 3: The Crystallization of Inference- Vaiśeṣika, Nyāya, Jaimini and Paṇini Darśanas

Part 4: Atop the Treasure Trove- Saṃkhya, Yoga and Vedanta Darśanas Understanding Āyurveda as a Darśana

Instructor: Kashyapa Fisher

Prerequisites: None for Part 1. Parts 2-4 require participation in or the audio recordings of Part 1.

Dates/Schedule: Mondays April 9-June 25

Hours: 6-7:30pm MST

Location: The Arogya Center-2500 Central Ave SW- Albuquerque, New Mexico 87104 and Online via ZOOM

NAMA PACE Approved: Yes

Fees: 10 Sessions $315.00

*Please include pic(s) of ancient Sanskrit texts/palm leaves

Saṃskṛt Grammar: Unlocking The Vedas Part 1

Empowering direct comprehension of Vedic and Ayurvedic literature through the authentic knowledge of Saṃskṛt

This ongoing course cultivates the practical utilization of Samskrt, aiming to bestow fluency in reading and understanding of the language so that the classical literature of Ayurveda and other Vedāṅgas and Darśanas can be used as a direct resource independent of any translation.  Please note that this class includes weekly homework from the Saṃhitas and testing.  

Participants will gain the ability to read and properly enunciate, decode grammatical systems, discover word roots and thereby glean the deepest and most profound meanings of numerous ancient texts. By the end of this course participants will be able to freely translate Vedic and Ayurvedic literature and compose their own work in Saṃskrt.  

Instructor: Vladimir Yatsenko

Prerequisites:  Approval from The Arogya Center Staff

Dates/Schedule: Mondays and Fridays from April 2 through June 25

Hours: 8-9pm MST

Location: Online via ZOOM

NAMA PACE Approved: Yes

Fees: $525.00

* This course will be ongoing throughout the year, delivered in multiple modules with an optional live module with Vladimir on Spoken Sanskrit held in at The Arogya Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico July 9-14.

Śarīra: The Body of Yoga and Āyurveda Part 1

Cultivating a Pañcabhautik Perspective on the Nature of Life and the Body

Who am I? What is a body? What is matter? Fundamentally a survey of Anatomy and Physiology, this course explores the Ṛṣis’ vision of life and the human structure, presenting an understanding entirely on Yoga and Āyurveda’s own terms.  

Drawing from Ayurveda’s Saṃhitas as well as the Vedas, Upaniṣads and other ancient texts of Yoga, participants will be empowered to up the antics of their clinical practice by realizing the actual field of matter and cosmos in which their skills and knowledge were meant to be employed in. Specifically, participants will gain a detailed and practical knowledge of Doṣa, Dhātu, Mala, Dhara Kalā, Srotaṃsi and Marmani, their functions, clinical assessment and treatment.

This course is divided in two parts

Part 1: Genesis: Visions of Life from the Vedas, Upaniṣads and Saṃhitas Pañcabhautik Theory in Relation to the Body Limits- and Beyond Them…. Doṣa, Dhātu, Mala- in great detail

Part 2: Metamorphosis: 9 Months of Gestation Srotaṃsi, Indriyas, Aśayas and Marmani Vaya Avasthas- Transformation through the Stages of Life

Instructor: Kashyapa Fisher

Prerequisites: Part 1: None Part 2: Participation in or Audio Recordings of Part 1

Dates/Schedule: Mondays and Wednesdays July 16-August 8 and September 3-October 10

Hours: 10-11:30am

Location:  The Arogya Center-2500 Central Ave SW- Albuquerque, New Mexico 87104 and Online via ZOOM

NAMA PACE Approved: Yes

Fees: $630.00  Inclusive of the cost of optional live cadaver lab. 

* There will be an optional live cadaver lab as part of this course.